Phone call between PM, US president follows announcement that Obama will not meet Netanyahu when he’s in US; earlier Netanyahu declared that those who don’t place “red lines” on Iran, have no right to give Israel “red light.”
US President Barack Obama spoke to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for an hour Tuesday night about Iran and other security issues, the White House announced.
“President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu reaffirmed that they are united in their determination to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and agreed to continue their close consultations going forward,” the White House statement read.
The conversation came after roiling tensions between Jerusalem and Washington over setting red lines for Iran’s nuclear program burst into the open earlier in the day, and after Israeli sources said the White House had denied a request for Obama to meet with Netanyahu when he visits the US later this month to address the United Nation’s General Assembly.
“There was never a request for Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama in Washington, nor was a request for a meeting ever denied,” the statement also read.